Using Downhole Fiber Optic Temperature Sensing Technology to Monitor, Control, and Improve Well Performance

Using Downhole Fiber Optic Temperature Sensing Technology to Monitor, Control, and Improve Well Performance

Distinguished Lecturer Series
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Distinguished Lecturer Series:
 Using Downhole Fiber Optic Temperature Sensing Technology to Monitor, Control, and Improve Well Performance  

Date: Monday, 29th of October 2018
Speaker: Ding Zhu, Professor of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University 
Location: Calgary Petroleum Club (329- 5th Ave SW)
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00PM 
Cost:
$45 SPE Members, $55 Non-members, $15 Students



Abstract:

Downhole sensing technology today provide engineers with continuous measurements for flow condition diagnosis. The measurements include temperature, pressure, acoustic, and strain, with distributed temperature sensors (DTS) and distributed acoustic sensors (DAS) being more commonly used compared with other measurements. Since the optical fiber technology introduced to the industry, it has advanced dramatically. Many field applications have been proven effective and beneficial. From downhole flow condition characterization, we can diagnose flow problems, monitor, control, and optimize producing and injecting well performance, monitor well stimulation, both matrix acidizing and hydraulic fracturing, and optimize treatment designs. There are rich field application examples to show the potential of the technology.

One of the keys to applying downhole sensing technology is to develop models and methodologies to interpret the sensor measurements. This is challenging, because from data collection and processing, to model development, to invert the measured parameters to flow profiles, it is extremely mathematical and computationally intensive. In this lecture, we will review the current status of downhole sensing technology, explain the available models and approaches for interpretation, and present field application examples including production profiling, horizontal well flow control, matrix acidizing optimization, and multi-stage hydraulic fracture diagnosis. The lecture is based on publications by the author and other SPE publications. The lecture illustrates the power of DTS as a tool for production problem diagnosis and well performance optimization.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Ding Zhu is a Professor at Petroleum Engineering Department at Texas A&M University. She Holds a BS degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Science and Technology, Beijing, China, an MS and Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research areas are production engineering, well stimulation, intelligent well modeling, and complex well-performance optimization. Dr. Zhu is an author of more than 150 technical papers, a co-author of a textbook, Petroleum Production Systems (2nd edition), and a co-author of an SPE book, Multilateral Wells. She has been a committee member and chairperson for many conferences and events with Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is currently an associate editor for SPE Production and Operation Journal. She is a Distinguished Member of SPE.

2017-2018 Regional Awards Presentation 

In addition to Dr. Zhu presentation, we will begin the lunch with the presentation of our Regional Awards to our 2017-2018 volunteer recipients. The award presentation will begin at 11:30 AM Sharp. To learn more about these awards and the recipients please click here!

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October 29, 2018
From 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Calgary Petroleum Club
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